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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    mid 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bland, Sarah, born 1810 - died 1905 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered cotton with wools and silks

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs D. McGregor

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The earliest samplers were reference works for embroiderers. They showed 'samples' of patterns and stitches and recorded how to achieve particular effects. In Europe in the 17th century samplers provided instruction and practice for girls learning needlework. Making a sampler was part of a girl's school education throughout the 18th century and into the early 1800s. After about 1850 samplers were mostly used to educate only girls who wanted to become professional embroiderers. This sampler is an exercise in Berlin wool work. The maker has used counted thread stitches on a double canvas.

Physical description

Sampler made of two joined lengths of cotton embroidered in gros point with coloured wools and silks in cross stitch. There is one pattern worked in Leviathan stitch and a small sample of fern stitch. The patterns worked include a variety of complicated geometric and floral designs, together with scrolls and tassels.

Place of Origin

England (made)


mid 19th century (made)


Bland, Sarah, born 1810 - died 1905 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered cotton with wools and silks

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 133.4 cm, Width: 21.5 cm, Height: 53.5 in, Width: 8.5 in

Descriptive line

Sampler made of two joined lengths of cotton embroidered with coloured wools and silks, made by Sarah Bland, England, mid 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Browne, Clare and Jennifer Wearden, eds. Samplers from the Victoria and Albert Museum. London : V&A Publications, 1999. 144 p., ill. ISBN 1851773096.


Cotton; Silk; Wool




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